Crazy8ths the fun way to learn music
Learn to read music the fun way!

Introducing "Crazy 8ths" musical card games. This special game set lets you play popular card games by reading notes rather than numbers. Whether you're just learning to read music, reviewing, or simply having fun, "Crazy 8ths" can work for everyone.

Included is a deck of 56 musical cards and an illustrated 28-page booklet of rules for 10 different games ranging in difficulty, all enclosed in an attractive outer box. [Click here for photo]

The youngest of beginners can master Go Fish and Old Maid, while more advanced students love the fast and furious fun of Crazy Eighths, Spoons and I Doubt It. With the included cheat sheet card, any parent or grandparent can give their young musician encouragement and support by playing with them.

Using "Crazy 8ths" at home or in the studio or classroom has proven to be more effective than traditional flash cards by keeping the FUN in music!

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Beginners

Even very young children can learn to play music. But many of the techniques used for teaching notes are too mature for a child this age. In the treble clef, the spaces spell F-A-C-E. But a young child may not yet know how to spell! "Every Good Boy Does Fine" doesn't work if they don't know the beginning letter of "every". Repetition is of the utmost importance at this age in learning the alphabet, numbers, colors, and even the names of notes.

In the 'old days', teachers waited for children to mature (3rd or 4th grade) before starting lessons. But now we have proof of just how much these little brains can soak up at such early ages. So why wait?? For instance, with Suzuki lessons, the child begins playing immediately. But eventually, every student must take the plunge and learn to read music.

Flash cards were basically the main teaching aid for naming the notes. But these cards get so boring!! Where a child may use flash cards for 2 minutes, that same child would play numerous games of Go Fish, every day, for many days.

Even a 5 year old can play simplified versions of these games. Suppose he/she is in the Middle C Position on the piano, and knows Bass A, B, Middle C, and Treble D, E. With only these 5 notes, they can play Go Fish. "Do you have any Bass Clef A's?". Then show them that card. They will begin matching the notes and proceed to figure them out for themselves very quickly. Then simply add new notes when those five are learned.

"Traditional" Memory also works for young ones. Use the same five notes in two different suits and turn the ten cards face down on the table. When they turn over a note, help them name it and look for it's match. Be patient, supportive and make it fun and they'll be naming their notes in no time.

The key note is PATIENCE. Keep the games as simple and non-competitive as possible. Support and give help, but quit when it's obviously time to do so. Little by little their brains soak up this information, but they need your support.

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Intermediate Students

Even after a year or 2 of lessons, some children (more than you may think) have squeaked by without thoroughly learning their notes. They wouldn't dream of using flash cards, yet these students definitely need some work on naming their notes.

Crazy Eighths, 7-Up, Spoons - actually, any of the games - are wonderful for repetition without boredom!! The students may play for 30 minutes or more, and never even realize they're reviewing their notes. The games are fun, entertaining, challenging, and keep older kids interested.

Set up a few card tables, have tournaments, keep score - they'll never know what hit them!!!

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Advanced Students

A lot of people enjoy playing cards. "Crazy 8ths" are terrific for slightly stretching your mind. Skill, planning, pulling off the perfect game is even more fun when you're playing with unfamiliar cards. It's like speaking a second language. There are two solitaire games included in the booklet of rules. They are just as entertaining for a rainy afternoon as regular solitaire. Maybe even more so!!

How It Works

Take Crazy Eighths, for instance. Like the regular game "Crazy 8's", you want to discard all cards from your hand, by matching suit or number, with 8's being wild. In the musical version, you can match suit (3 colored suits of red, blue or green), or match notes (G to G, or B to B, in either clef), with Middle C being wild (to change suit). There are other cards included - a repeat sign allows the player to play another card of the same suit; a rest sign skips the next player, and that person must remain totally quiet (a rest indicates silence) or draw 2 cards; a triplet card makes the next player draw 3 cards, unless that person has a triplet of his own to play. There's even a "Musical Chair Card" which has everyone put down their cards and move to the left one seat.

All of the rules were purposely kept similar to the non-musical games. They are easy to learn and great at home or in a theory class. Keeping score will add to the competitive nature of many advanced players.

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